PARIS21 and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Statistics Division co-organised, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Department of Census and Statistics, a subregional workshop on National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for South Asia countries in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 13–15 December 2005.
Participants included data producers and users from each country of the subregion — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with India to be invited as an observer country — as well as representatives from international institutions. The objectives of the workshop were to assess the current status of strategic statistical planning in the region, to identify the successes and constraints being experienced in implementing existing plans, and to consider solutions to those constraints and practical next steps.
The Colombo workshop is part of an Asia-wide project funded by a UNDP-managed Japanese trust fund and will include three other upcoming subregional workshops: one each for Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and East/Northeast Asia. The project emphasises (1) promoting the use of statistics in the definition, implementation, and monitoring of development and poverty reduction policies; (2) integrating statistical capacity development into poverty reduction and other national development strategies; (3) countries taking ownership of the development of their statistical system; and (4) potential synergies between the various national and international initiatives, including the UNDG/UNDP campaign for the Millennium Development Goals.
UNESCAP is also maintaining a website for this event. You may access it here.
The other three regional forums held within the framework of this programme were:
- Central Asian Countries (May 2006, Bishkek, Kyrgystan)
- South-East Asian Countries (June 2006, Bangkok, Thailand)
- East and North-East Asian Countries (October 2006, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)